Saturday, November 13, 2010
November in Switzerland has been unseasonably warm. The weather on this particular day was 60 degrees and sunny, and Geno was running around in just a tshirt. It is amazing how mild the winters are here compared to Minnesota. Geno had a great time feeding the ducks and swans and playing with his friend Cameron. Here is a slideshow from the day.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Trunk or treat is an annual celebration at the International School of Zug. Since Halloween is not really celebrated in Switzerland, the school does a nice job of creating a fun and safe atmosphere for kids to play and go trick or treating. Parents volunteer to give up their time to decorate their trunks up for Halloween and pass out candy. Many people(including adults) dress up for this event which adds to it's appeal.
Geno wasn't quite sure what we were doing when we showed up and he was wearing his Spider Man costume. I gave him his Halloween bag and told him to say "trick or treat" to each car and that they would then give him candy. At first, he just wanted to hold the candy in his hand, in awe that he was getting free candy. He soon warmed up to the idea and was so excited to get a full bag of treats.
Over Halloween, I had the privilege of volunteering in Coretta's classroom which consisted of facilitating different games for 100 students. Each group of fifth graders would cycle through each fifth grade classroom for twenty minute slots.
I really enjoyed myself getting to meet so many of the wonderful fifth graders. They had activities such as Pin the Mouth on the Pumpkin, Eyeball Race Relays, Mummy Wrapping Contests, and Haunted Story Time.
Other volunteers facilitated arts and crafts such as creating your own bat and popcorn hands. Here is a slide show from Coretta's classroom throughout the day.